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Finding Positivity in the 2015 Baltimore Ravens Season
Ravens 13 Dolphins 15
By Gwen Robinson @GWEN2475
Itâ€™s been extremely tough this year to report anything about the Baltimore Ravens. Itâ€™s all so depressing and sad. Just when it seems things are looking up, things come crumbling down again. I promised someone that my next article was going to be a positive one. I was wracking my brain trying to think of the positives of this season. I wondered what could have been happening that is always a feel good story that the Ravens seem to thrive on?
Then it came to me. The Ravens are always focused on the community, so I’ll report on what have they been up to!
The guys have been busy since the holiday season has begun. With a losing record, they havenâ€™t been hiding out, they have been out volunteering their time.
One player that is always busy helping others in the community is Lardarius Webb. On Monday, Nov. 23, Webb held his seventh annual Turkey Drive, in partnership with the United Way, and distributed Thanksgiving turkeys and side dishes to local children and their families at the Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club (Baltimore, Md.). Many players helped out with the event like, punter Sam Koch, defensive back Anthony Levine Sr., kicker Justin Tucker and running back Terrance West.
While Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe was at practice on November 24th, his family helped feed 200 homeless men and women out of the GoGanics Food Truck.
Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken was planning on taking on a big task of buying his own turkeys and distributing them to needy families. Apparently it wasnâ€™t so easy to buy large quantities of turkey the day before Thanksgiving. Aiken wasnâ€™t easily flustered, he got fellow WRs Marlon Brown and Chris Givens to serve food on Thanksgiving Day to children with significant emotional and behavioral challenges at St. Vincentâ€™s Villa.
Through a partnership with â€œA Crucial Catchâ€ program and the American Cancer Society, the Ravens continue to raise awareness of breast cancer and appropriate screenings. At the Cleveland Browns game earlier in the season, 25 women who have had or are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, were honored at an on field ceremony. While others were treated to a Sip and Paint night at M&T Bank Stadium, with Ravens players Chris Canty, Morgan Cox and Eugene Monroe.
The guys have been busy, but they arenâ€™t finished yet. Here are some events that are coming up.
The Greene Turtle Hunt Valley has partnered with Bmore Around Town for a Baltimore Toy Drive hosted by NFL Hall of Famer and Baltimore Ravens Jonathan Ogden and Baltimore Orioles Gold Glove Winner Adam Jones on December 11, 5pm to 9pm. On that evening those who make a toy or cash donation of at least $10 will receive a wristband. This wristband will earn you special food and drink specials. PLUSâ€“ receive a raffle ticket for great prizes. That should be a fun event if you love the Ravens and the Orioles!
Now, I may be biased but my most favorite holiday event of the year is the annual Toy Drive at Jimmyâ€™s Famous Seafood. On December 22nd from 7pm to 11pm, $60 plus a toy, gets you an open bar and buffet.Â Â There will be appearances by Ravens favorites Justin Forsett, CJ Mosley, and Eugene Monroe. Now, those are only the players on the flyer, more usually show up. Itâ€™s a great event and the proceeds go to multiple charitable funds.
Remember, there is plenty of time left for new events held by the Ravens to be announced for the holiday. Eat, drink and be merry with your favorite Ravens players while spreading holiday cheer.
Have fun and get involved in your community with your own Baltimore Ravens!